One of my doctors (Dr. M) and I have recently been trying to figure out why my two strongest symptoms over the last six months have been nasal congestion and shortness of breath. These two symptoms always flare up together. It's as if inflammation hits both areas (sinuses and lungs) at the same time, and usually lasts for 24-48 hours before abating. Even when it is abated, my lungs always seem to have a slight feeling of air hunger these days.
Dr. M gave me a nasal swab test. (This involved sticking a Q-tip up my nose "2 to 4 inches"!) She was looking to diagnose exactly what kind of bacteria had taken up residence in my nasal passages. In particular, she was looking for MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci).
A few minutes ago I received a call from my doctor's office stating that I am negative for MARCoNS but "positive for other Staph infection consistent with mold exposure." It was the office manager calling to give me this information, so it's not clear if the conclusion that the results are "consistent with mold exposure" actually came from my doctor. For reasons that are too complicated to go into in this post, I have always been skeptical that biotoxins play a role in my illness.
My next appointment will be interesting because I'm very curious to see where Dr. M wants to go with my treatment plan. For the most part, the first year I've been with her has been focused on various diagnostic tests. We haven't even gotten to a treatment plan yet!